Beer was definitely produced and consumed by the ancient Egyptians, and probably by the ancient Israelites too. Even the name of their language implies that – “He-Brew”.. 😉
Today Beer is back in fashion in the Holy Land, and along the “generic” beers of Israel (namely Macabbi and Goldstar) several small and micro breweries are establishing their own name too.
This list presents a partial list of beers I favor, and will continue to expand as I reach more of them.. Did I mention how much I like my job? 😉
The “Golan Brewery”‘s secret is its water – the nearby Seleucia spring, whose water are rich with minerals. Producing 4 types of beer, the brewery and its visitors center are combined with a good restaurant, and located in the Golan’s visitors center near Katsrin.
Bira Malka (Hebrew: “Queen’s Beer”) is produced in a boutique brewery next to a Crusaders period fortress in the Western Galilee (Yechiam), and accoridingly its 3 types of beer (Dark, Pale ale and Saison) provide a rare flavor to this region.
Jem’s beer was founded well, by Jem, an American Jew with a comfortable job in the White House in Washington DC, that decided he really prefers to make Beer. With gained knowledged and experiene he eventually settled in Israel and deleloped his own brand name, and as of 2019 has 9 “Jem’s Beer Factory” bars. He must be doing something right!
Located in Srigim, “Srigim Brewery” is actually a combined visitor center of two micro-breweries – “Ella valley brewery” and “Ronen Brewery”. The first offers four classic types of beer (Bavarian Wheat; Blond Ale; Irish Red; and Stout) while the second offers special and unique flavors, with matching brand names – “The ugly Indian”; the wicked dusky one”; and “The Insolent wheat”.
Aram Dekel looks like a beer model. A smile hidden behind a big beard and a proud “belly beer” all indicate his business and passion best. Located in Zafririm, “Abeer Haella” brewery offers several beer types, with supplementing cheese toasts.
Located by the site of the battle of David vs. Goliath, Gal’s Brewery was founded, well, by Gal.. He offers four different types of Ale and on the week-end can contemplate it with a full meal.
- check also here the rankings of different Israeli beers, according to “ratebeer.com”.